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Dr. Leon Shpanin

Senior Lecturer in Electronic Engineering


Dr Shpanin received his MSc degree in Radio Frequency Engineering, at the Azerbaijan Technical University, in 1992 and PhD degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, at the University of Liverpool, in 2006. 

He has over ten years of academic and research experience in the UK in the area of electrical and electronic engineering. Prior to his PhD degree, he also had over ten years of industrial experience in RF communication systems and electronic engineering where he worked in the variety of research, engineer and management positions across the world.

  • About

    Dr Leon Shpanin joined the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research within Materials and Engineering Research Institute, at the Sheffield Hallam University, in August 2018 as a Senior Lecturer in Electronic Engineering. His previous post was in the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing at the Coventry University where he held a position of a Lecturer in Aerospace Electrical and Electronic Engineering. 

    Dr Shpanin has also served as a Senior Teaching Fellow in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, developing a few Applied Engineering Programme modules for the undergraduate students at the University of Warwick. His previous positions also included a Senior Researcher in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Sciences, at the Staffordshire University working on development of HVDC circuit interruptions as well as a Research Fellow in Control and Power Systems in the School of Electronic, Electrical and Computing Engineering at the University of Birmingham where he designed the renewable energy systems. 

    Dr Shpanin received his MSc degree in Radio Frequency Engineering at the Azerbaijan Technical University in 1992 and Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Liverpool, UK in 2006. He has over twenty years of industrial and academic experience in electrical, electronic engineering and RF communication systems where he worked in the variety of research, engineering and management positions in the UK and across the world. He holds a reviewer position in the IEEE Journals of Transactions on Plasma Science (USA), Transactions on Mechatronics (USA) and Transactions on Power Delivery (USA), and EPSRC research funds (UK). He is a Fellow in Higher Education Academy and a member of IEEE and Higher Education Academy.

  • Research

    • Centre for Automation and Robotics Research
    • Materials and Engineering Research Institute

    Title: Development of a Novel Energy Efficient Magnetic Scroll Air Motor

    Description: In this project, an inventive approach is proposed for improvement of scroll energy efficiency - development of a Magnetic Scroll, which will allow a scroll air motor to work at lower and variable air pressures.

    Funding Agency: EPSRC, (EP/H004084/1)
    Type of Project: Energy
    Start/End Date: 2009/2011
    Principal Investigator: Prof. J. Wang
    Named Researcher: Dr. L. Shpanin
    Principal Investigator Institution: University of Birmingham
    Contract Agreement Amount (£): 200k


    • Jaguar Land Rover 
    • Hawker Siddeley Switchgear
    • University of Liverpool
    • Coventry University
    • University of Warwick
  • Publications

    Conference papers

    Shpanin, L.M., Jones, G.R., Humphries, J.E., & Spencer, J.W. (2012). Electromagnetically convoluted arcs confined within an annular gap between two PTFE cylinders. In 19th International Conference on Gas Discharges and their Applications, Beijing, China, 31 December 2012(pp. 234-237).

    Shpanin, L.M., Kidman, M.C., Humphries, J.E., Spencer, J.W., & Jones, G.R. (2004). The interaction of high current electric arcs with spatially varying cross magnetic fields. In 15th International Conference on Gas Discharges and their Applications, Toulouse, France, 31 December 2004(pp. 183-187).

  • Other activities

    External Examiner at the University of Liverpool.

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